MEET OUR LEAD DESIGNER, TARA
When did you know you wanted to become an interior designer?
My love for interior design was realised when I was around 10 years old. I used my pocket money to re-decorate a second hand dolls house my parents bought me. One of my only regrets in life is throwing that beautiful house away and it’s safe to say, I’ve been obsessed with interiors ever since. It was a simple decision for me to study art & design at college and then onto university to complete my interiors degree. I specialised in surface pattern design and designed everything from wallpapers and carpets to lighting and glass. I was lucky enough to showcase my major project at the new designers exhibition in 2010. After that, I soon realised interiors was more than a passion, it was THE industry I was going to work in, no matter what.
What’s your interiors style?
I would define my natural interiors style as classical chic. I love creating well thought out spaces that flow and complement their surroundings. Although we all aspire for aesthetically pleasing homes, functionality is a key consideration in my designs…and functional needn’t be boring. The beauty of No18 is we work to all budgets and briefs. If you want a contemporary home, we’ll deliver it. If you want cosy cottage style, we’ll deliver it.
What do you love most about being an interior designer?
Helping people visualise and bring to life the home they’ve always dreamed of. Client reaction at project completion give me goose bumps every time. I take great pleasure in knowing designs created by No18 (and ultimately the home my clients go on to live in ) are places they truly love spending time.
What inspires you?
Generally speaking, classical architecture. There is so much inspiration interior designers can take from the exterior of buildings. I’m also fascinated by modern architecture in particular the clean lines and varying use of textured materials. Although for me, there is no greater feeling than knowing my work inspires others to make beneficial changes to their homes, that ultimately improves their quality of life. That alone, inspires me to constantly innovate and bring fresh ideas to the table.
There are lots of interior designers out there, what sets you apart from the rest?
I consider myself as one of the most approachable people in the industry…not sure if that stems from my Yorkshire roots? But building positive client relationships is incredibly important to me. Always has been, always will be. It’s not just a design, it’s an experience…and it should always remain a positive one. I strive to ensure my clients feel comfortable discussing anything, big or small, positive or challenging. Transparent communication ensures we achieve outstanding designs that everyones aligned to and ultimately love.
What do you hope to achieve as an interior designer, aside from beautiful homes?
I am determined to change the way people perceive interior design. It can often feel complicated, overwhelming and hiring a designer to most sounds out of budget. At No18 we strive to make interior design inclusive and accessible to everyone no matter who you are or where you’re from.